Art Nouveau Sterling Guilloche Enamel Vinaigrette Necklace
Guilloché is an engraving technique in which a very precise, intricate pattern is mechanically etched into an underlying material with very fine detail. Most commonly, the Guilloche surface was then enameled and the repetitive, intricate design would show through the colorful enamel.
A magnificent Guilloché enamel vinaigrette from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) era! This exceptional piece is round in shape and made of sterling silver. The vinaigrette has a surface covered in a vibrant sunflower yellow enameling and a Guilloché design fans from the center of the piece. At the center of the vinaigrette is a sterling silver flower with a single marcasite stone bezel set in its middle. The back of this fabulous piece is made of smooth sterling silver and has a spinning center. The centerpiece turns to reveal a small sponge, which was used to hold a woman’s perfume. The pendant hangs from its original, complimentary chain that is made of sterling silver links. All of the links display beautiful textured detailing and come together at an ornate clasp at the back. The underside of the piece is stamped “STERLING”, along with what appears to read "MORENHEIMER". A simply magnificent piece, this vinaigrette would make a fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant has a diameter of just less than 1”. The chain measures about 21” long.
Condition: The overall condition of the vinaigrette and chain is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver or enameling and the clasp is secure and in good working condition.